Fantasy Fiction Writing Tips

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Tips for building a fantasy world that's realistic and immersive

Kara Copple
Time is probably not what you think about when it comes to designing your fantasy world. However, time determines a whole lot in the world and it’s something worth thinking about.  With this there is quite a lot of room to be creative. You need to think about how time works on your world, how it is measured. We have hours, days, weeks, months, years, does your world have the same or is something completely different?

How to Work with Time in a Fantasy World

Time is probably not what you think about when it comes to designing your fantasy world. However, time determines a whole lot in the world and it’s something worth thinking about. With this there is quite a lot of room to be creative. You need to think about how time works on your world, how it is measured. We have hours, days, weeks, months, years, does your world have the same or is something completely different?

If you’re building a fantasy world from scratch, food is probably not your primary concern. However, we literally all need it. It makes the world go round, fantasy or otherwise so perhaps you should be thinking about it.  Interestingly, there is quite a lot of food and drink mentioned in fantasy novels.  Here are some things to consider when writing about food in fantasy:

Food in Fantasy: Adding Flavour to Fantasy Worldbuilding

If you’re building a fantasy world from scratch, food is probably not your primary concern. However, we literally all need it. It makes the world go round, fantasy or otherwise so perhaps you should be thinking about it. Interestingly, there is quite a lot of food and drink mentioned in fantasy novels. Here are some things to consider when writing about food in fantasy:

If you’re new to worldbuilding or are struggling with the massive task of building an entire world from scratch, it can be an overwhelming process.   It's easy to make some common mistakes while worldbuilding. So, this post will highlight which ones I see most often so you know to avoid them in your own stories.

Top Fantasy Worldbuilding Mistakes To Avoid

If you’re new to worldbuilding or are struggling with the massive task of building an entire world from scratch, it can be an overwhelming process. It's easy to make some common mistakes while worldbuilding. So, this post will highlight which ones I see most often so you know to avoid them in your own stories.

Tropes appear in all genres of course. We couldn’t get to the year 2020 without a few things getting repeated over the years.  Cliches and tropes in fantasy have a tendency to hit the reader in the face, pulling their attention out of the world you’ve spent so long trying to build for them. Once they’re snapped out of the spell you want to create with your fiction, you have to work extra hard to pull them back into your book.

Top Tropes in Fantasy to Avoid If You Want a Unique Story

Tropes appear in all genres of course. We couldn’t get to the year 2020 without a few things getting repeated over the years. Cliches and tropes in fantasy have a tendency to hit the reader in the face, pulling their attention out of the world you’ve spent so long trying to build for them. Once they’re snapped out of the spell you want to create with your fiction, you have to work extra hard to pull them back into your book.

If you are building an entire world from scratch for your fantasy novel(s), then there are lots of big-picture things to think about. One of those things is the overall society structure and types of governments in your fantasy world.

Society and Governments in Fantasy Worlds

If you are building an entire world from scratch for your fantasy novel(s), then there are lots of big-picture things to think about. One of those things is the overall society structure and types of governments in your fantasy world.

This is arguably one of if not the biggest show that Netflix put out in 2019. Everyone’s been talking about it but how does it measure up?  This is my review of what I think worked and what didn't. Overall, I'd recommend it, but it's certainly not perfect.

A Review of The Witcher: Is It Worth Watching?

This is arguably one of if not the biggest show that Netflix put out in 2019. Everyone’s been talking about it but how does it measure up? This is my review of what I think worked and what didn't. Overall, I'd recommend it, but it's certainly not perfect.

What is one thing a lot of epic fantasy novels have? Enormous worlds that take years or even decades to build.  But is it always necessary? How big should your fantasy world be? Does it need to be as big as you think?

How Big Does Your Fantasy World Need to Be?

What is one thing a lot of epic fantasy novels have? Enormous worlds that take years or even decades to build. But is it always necessary? How big should your fantasy world be? Does it need to be as big as you think?

I think an important starting point is to acknowledge that the “do fiction writers need a website or blog” question is asked in different ways.  A lot of the time, it’s asked in a way like “Oh god, do I really need a blog? Why do fiction writers need a website, shouldn’t they just write novels?”  Other people are a bit more enthusiastic although hesitant. They might ask something like “Do fiction writers need a website or blog yet if they’re unpublished?”  Which one do you come under?

Do Fiction Writers Need a Website or Blog?

I think an important starting point is to acknowledge that the “do fiction writers need a website or blog” question is asked in different ways. A lot of the time, it’s asked in a way like “Oh god, do I really need a blog? Why do fiction writers need a website, shouldn’t they just write novels?” Other people are a bit more enthusiastic although hesitant. They might ask something like “Do fiction writers need a website or blog yet if they’re unpublished?” Which one do you come under?

With the festive season underway, I’ve decided to write a post about religious holidays in fantasy and what place they have in your world and novel.  If you’re building a world from scratch, it only makes sense to make up some kind of holiday period. Holidays or periods of celebration have been pretty much ingrained in human culture for generations.

How to Use Religious Holidays in Your Fantasy Novel

With the festive season underway, I’ve decided to write a post about religious holidays in fantasy and what place they have in your world and novel. If you’re building a world from scratch, it only makes sense to make up some kind of holiday period. Holidays or periods of celebration have been pretty much ingrained in human culture for generations.

Fantasy fiction can provide escapism and a space to explore mental illness as a theme in a new environment

How Fantasy Fiction Can Help with Mental Illness

Fantasy fiction can provide escapism and a space to explore mental illness as a theme in a new environment

Multi-POV, or multiple point of view storytelling has been around for a long time and a lot of people either love it or hate it. It’s been particularly popular since A Song of Ice and Fire and it seems pretty common in the fantasy genre as a whole.  But should you go for a multi-POV setup? That’s what this post aims to help you answer.

Should You Use Multi POV in Your Fantasy Novel?

Multi-POV, or multiple point of view storytelling has been around for a long time and a lot of people either love it or hate it. It’s been particularly popular since A Song of Ice and Fire and it seems pretty common in the fantasy genre as a whole. But should you go for a multi-POV setup? That’s what this post aims to help you answer.

As fantasy world builders we spend so much time describing the weird and wonderful places we’ve created, from palaces to castles, to taverns to caves. A common mistake is to focus only on the big elements of world, with some of the finer details left to vagueness.

What Does Your Fantasy World Smell Like?

As fantasy world builders we spend so much time describing the weird and wonderful places we’ve created, from palaces to castles, to taverns to caves. A common mistake is to focus only on the big elements of world, with some of the finer details left to vagueness.

If you want a rich and big fantasy world you have to think of everything. One key thing you should be building is the history of your world.   However, when you start to build history in your fantasy world, you’ll quickly realise how tricky it is. Where do you even start?

How to Build History in Your Fantasy World

If you want a rich and big fantasy world you have to think of everything. One key thing you should be building is the history of your world. However, when you start to build history in your fantasy world, you’ll quickly realise how tricky it is. Where do you even start?

For some reason, travelling is a huge part of the fantasy genre. Fantasy authors just can’t help themselves. Someone’s got to go somewhere.  Here's how to write realistic journeys into your fantasy novel.

The Endless Journeys: Transport in Your Fantasy World

For some reason, travelling is a huge part of the fantasy genre. Fantasy authors just can’t help themselves. Someone’s got to go somewhere. Here's how to write realistic journeys into your fantasy novel.

How did this story about dragons and zombies become mainstream entertainment? And what does this mean for the fantasy genre?   In this post I've analysed what was key to Game of Thrones' success and where it arguably went wrong.

Is Fantasy Finally Popular? A Goodbye Review of Game of Thrones

How did this story about dragons and zombies become mainstream entertainment? And what does this mean for the fantasy genre? In this post I've analysed what was key to Game of Thrones' success and where it arguably went wrong.

If you've found yourself with a ton of characters, you might be struggling to manage them all. It's easy to forget little details and quirks.  This post will show you how to manage a huge character list.

How to Keep Track of 101 Characters in Your Novel

If you've found yourself with a ton of characters, you might be struggling to manage them all. It's easy to forget little details and quirks. This post will show you how to manage a huge character list.